EAL/ Young Interpreters
Mrs Sophie Curtis (EAL/ MFL Teacher) is responsible for teaching languages in school through various different activities and events throughout the year.
EAL children are supported weekly by Mrs Curtis, either in class or in individual interventions, to help improve their English. This is under the class teacher’s guidance. The EAL children in KS1 are also supported by their Young Interpreter Reading Buddies, who read with them in English once a week.
We have many bilingual children at St John’s, and KS2 bilingual children can choose to become a Young Interpreter. They receive training from Mrs Curtis, and then provide additional support for our EAL children and their families, with their English. The Young Interpreters are buddied up with KS1 EAL children, who they help with reading once a week.
Year 3 International Link with Arunside Primary School
Each Summer we have an International Morning with Year 3 classes from both schools, held at both sites. The EAL children lead activities for small groups, e.g. teaching numbers in their language, and the children learn songs and dances from different countries, to celebrate the wealth of languages and cultures we have in both schools.
Year 6 International Link with Christ’s Hospital
In the Autumn term, 6th Formers from Christs Hospital lead an International Project for Year 6 children, where they learn about different countries’ languages and cultures.
International Link with St Wilfrid’s Catholic Secondary School, Crawley
We have a strong EAL link with St Wilfrid’s Catholic Secondary in Crawley. Their EAL students visit us each summer term to run a KS2 Languages Festival, so our children learn about the language and culture of other countries.
End of Year International Festival
At the end of each year we hold an International Festival to celebrate all our different cultures. In the morning we have food tasting, and in the afternoon there are performances of music and dance, from different countries.
International Storytelling Day
Each year we hold a Storytelling Day where the children hear a familiar story (e.g. The Gingerbread Man) told in different languages. The storytellers are EAL parents and children (Young Interpreters).
Fundraising for St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School in Kenya
At our Storytelling Day and at our Nativity performances, we collect donations for our link school in Kenya. This highlights to our children the difference between the schools, and their need for basic, essential supplies.
Every year during Fairtrade Fortnight, the Fairtrade Class Reps help Mrs Curtis to lead Assemblies, and organize a Fairtrade Bake Sale to fundraise for Fairtrade. Each class learns about Fairtrade through different activities. This highlights to children and parents the need to support Fairtrade by buying Fairtrade products.